Throughout her life, Harriet Tubman was a slave, nurse, spy, and a crucial aspect of the Underground Railroad. Helping to get people out of slavery and into freedom, Tubman changed the lives of many people. Before her tragic death in March of 1913, Harriet spent her later years supporting the poor individuals who were once slaves. Her great actions as an individual and charismatic qualities are what separated her and made her stand out. The things we discovered and acknowledged about Harriet Tubman will forever live on.
Paragraph 1; Introduction “I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.” said Harriet Tubman. She lived by this. When she was twenty nine Tubman ran away from slavery on her own and she freed approximately 300 other slaves. Also, she led an armed expedition during the Civil War and she was the first woman who did that. Harriet Tubman should be honored with the ACI Life Time Achievement Award because of the bravery she has shown in her journey to freedom, her inspiring ideals, and her fight to free and save others.
Tubman emerged as a leader because she used her differences as an advantage. The first difference was she has already escaped slavery. An example that shows this is, " Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820 and successfully escaped in 1849," (Petry 1). This difference allowed Harriet to emerge as a leader because she knows the routes to get to the North and what not to do to avoid getting caught. The second difference betweeen Tubman and her followers was the level of commitement.
She also acted as a civil war nurse, an advocate for civil rights and a leader in the underground railroad. Harriett Tubman, born Araminta Ross, was birthed in 1819 or 1820 as a slave. She changed her name to Harriett in honor of her mother and propositioned her owner to marry a freedman John Tubman. Her owners agreed to the marriage if she continued to work their plantation. Harriett led a challenging life and relied on her faith in God to assist her in her freedom and freedom of others.
The U.S. women’s movement started in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott participated in the Seneca Falls Convention in New York to talk about various social, civil, and religious condition and rights of women (Women’s History in the U.S....). Over time, this inspired many women to stand up for their own beliefs and for the better for women in future generations. During World War I, high birth rates led to food and supply shortages, and disease which mainly affected those in poverty (Putting Margaret Sanger’s Ideas in Context). At the time, a woman’s life revolved around bringing food home and onto the table which became an issue with the lack of supplies and the best foods would be given first to men (Comstockery in America). As a nurse visiting, Margaret Sanger witnessed and met immigrant working mothers who were deeply impacted by unexpected pregnancies and botched miscarriages (Amory).
Harriet Tubman and Harriet Breecher Stowe were both central to the movement during this time and although they focused their attention on vastly different areas of the Railroad both women had a profound and positive impact. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a white woman from Cincinnati Ohio. When the Fugitive Slave Act 1850 came into effect it ironically galvanised a new era in the Underground Railroad where Stowe, like many other whites was spurred into action. Not only did Stowe personally aid escaping slaves by welcoming them into her home temporarily but her book ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ had immediate social and political repercussions. She reenergised anti-slavery forces in the North, propelling the US towards civil war and
When she was a slave, she endured the inhumanity of repeated lashings and beatings. The birth of the underground railroad was when she fled away to Philadelphia in 1849, using an informal network known as the Underground Railroad. She was known as the Moses of her people, Sacrificing her own life to help free
Women were not powerless and many women contributed to the resistance against the South African forces. Women’s aid in resistance was a huge contributing factor to the war against South African forces. Women in Namibia could not avoid the war and many did not want to avoid it. Many women tried to become politically involved and believed the war was the main problem going on at that time. Women decided to resistance the war in many ways including surviving through the war, keeping social structure within the home, supporting SWAPO troops, becoming combats, and supporting
Motherhood is the most basic human right, and slaves are being stripped of their ability to have families. No white woman in America would ever ‘wish that she and they [her children] might die before the day dawns,’ so Jacobs includes this notion to appeal to the maternal instincts of the women reading her narrative. It creates a sorrowful tone that veils underlying anger at the unjust nature of this New Year’s practice. Furthermore, she creates more sympathy for the situation of slave mothers by reminding her white audience that slave children are ‘torn’ from their mothers at a young age. The word invokes a different emotional response from her audience; it invokes a feeling of longing for their children and sympathy for the mothers.
“Throughout my childhood, there were other reminders of the injustice I first saw when I was six. Seeing so-called “terrorists” lying dead on the ground, trophy style, in SABC TV news bulletins, yet they seemed mere children to me. They couldn’t have been more than sixteen years of age. Or going to the school camp I went to when I was nine, where they taught us to “shoot” black cardboard cutouts in the middle of the night with our torches. How bizarre it seemed to me at that age—sleeping outside in the freezing cold, playing these war games, raising the flag and singing the national anthem military style every morning.” This quote first gives us real insight on what her childhood was like, and how she learned of the apartheid government and their cruel acts towards people of color and those who fight against them.